As with many a man I’ve made a list a rules for life, occasionally I’ll post about one or two of them as time goes on.
Most of these are maxims I have taken from great men from the past, but one or two are Layhew originals.
6. Never boast – Let your importance be quietly obvious.
8. When you cannot wear the skin of a lion don that of a fox.
9. Be careful what you tell others, they could be listening.
11. Respect your elders.
13. When you cannot be useful with your hands attend to the cultivation of your mind.
14. Make no haste to be rich if you would prosper.
15. Your character cannot be essentially injured except by your own acts.
16. If anyone speaks evil of you let your life be such that none will believe him.
17. Earn money before you spend it.
20. Only study that which you wish to become, for by beholding you become changed.
21. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
22. Treat women with respect.
23. A good name is to be valued more than gold.
24. In everything, good or bad, learn a lesson.
25. Stay one step ahead of everyone else.
26. Be around men of quality if you esteem your reputation.
27. Do not speak evil of the absent for it is unjust.
28. Never give in, never give in, in nothing great or small large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and common sense.
31. Don’t expect of others what you won’t do yourself.
32. There is a solution to every problem.
34. All that must happen for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.
36. When you see faults in others, look for them in yourself.
37. Be quick to listen, be quick to see, but be slow to speak.
38. It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid, than to open it and remove all doubt.
42. Learn to do the distasteful.
43. Don’t apologize, it’s a sign of weakness, but to admit it when your wrong is a sign of strength.
44. An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.
46. Let he who stands be careful, lest he should fall.
48. “You may be whatever you resolve to be.”
49. Wait and hope, this is the sum of human wisdom.
51. Some people age and grow old, some age and grow wise.
52. Don’t forget what it’s like to be hungry.
53. Make few promises.
54. Keep good company or none.
55. Live up to your engagements.
56. Good character above all else.
57. Keep your own secrets if you have any.
58. Never borrow if you can possibly help it.
59. Keep yourself innocent if you would be happy.
63. Save when you are young to spend when you are old.
65. Small and steady gains give competency with a tranquil mind.
66. Good company and good conversation are the sinews of virtue.
67. Never run away from a chance.
68. Keep your words few.
69. Win through actions, never through argument.
70. Isolation is dangerous.
71. Enter action with boldness.
72. A prudent silence is the sacred vessel of wisdom.
73. When in doubt, there is safety is sticking with the diligent and prudent, for, sooner or later, their labor is rewarded.